Started career in Auto Industry in 1992, in Sales & Finance, working through various management roles from 1994 to 2001. In 2002, became General Manager and Managing Partner of a large volume franchise, and in 2004 moved into a Dealer Principle Partner position of a large volume franchise in Moncton, New Brunswick. The company I partnered in, took company public, to become the first publicly traded auto dealership group in Canada in 2006. Upon completing the IPO, I resigned from my position, to relocate back to Alberta, and start my own auto dealership group with some local silent partners.
We purchased our first store in 2006, and have since grown to 6 locations across Northern Alberta. Our goal was to diversify our business holdings, and over the past 12 years we have added an auto body repair operation, 11 National Rental franchises, 6 hotel properties, and several commercial real estate investments.
Outside of that partnership group, I have formed other partnership companies, including an oil and gas industry trucking company (TLR Enterprises Inc.), a professional education and development business (MotivateU Peformance Education Ltd), and several other real estate holdings.
Part of my strategy, is to not only conduct our business within the Northern Alberta and BC area, but also heavily invest and engage in the communities that those companies operate within. Our companies build strong brands within our communities, and I try to lead by example to my 200+ employees, to have a strong presence to promote and grow that brand. I currently am in my second 3 year term on the STARS Air Ambulance Board of Directors, as the only Northern Alberta member of that board currently. I have recently been appointed the Chair of the Foundation Committee, tasked with heading up an aggressive $150M capital fundraising project, to replace the entire helicopter fleet across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
After leading a successful bid to host the 2018 Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta, I was then appointed as Chair of the Games to oversee their successful execution. Over and above these official board positions, I work closely with several local youth and sport groups, including the local YMCA Strong Kids program, and the Grande Prairie Minor Football Association.